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Make your own dictionary!

Imagine, being able to speak to others in a language all of your own and the bonus is this time, they understand you...
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We have all done it when we were little. Made up a language with your best friend and showed it off to a sibling or a parent, even though you han't a clue what each other were saying. If you couldn't write down everything translated... Well if you couldn't, why couldn't a computer? A computer designed as a dictionary to allow you to make up a word for every word in the dictionary. and if you used one word twice it would tell you. You could create more than one language in different slots of it saving like in regular games.And by simply sending it in with some money, you could have your own dictionary, translateing english into whatever language you created!
Psycho Moody Drama Queen, Jul 06 2006

Artifical language http://en.wikipedia...Artificial_language
Oh so baked. [squeak, Jul 07 2006]

That pesky "Eskimo words for snow" thing. http://itre.cis.upe...rchives/000405.html
If you don't have Pullum's "The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax" handy, here's one of many write-ups about this commonly cited myth. [jutta, Jul 10 2006]


       This is exactly how Furbies worked - remember those? You could teach them English, or you could teach them gobbledy gook, your choice.
DrCurry, Jul 06 2006

       Es yay?
po, Jul 06 2006

       Oooga Booga Macrtiop!!
Psycho Moody Drama Queen, Jul 06 2006

       Let the computer make the words up for you - you could put in some simple rules to ensure they could be pronounced..
monojohnny, Jul 06 2006

       I thought this would be a wiki dictionary
theircompetitor, Jul 06 2006

       To be honest English is a bit of a mess, you could create a better language by learning from others and taking what seems to make most sense.
Of course I'm not just talking about the words - rules of grammar could do with some changes (as an example, the various tenses of verbs. Would it be easier to use the same verb and alter the sentence structure around it - or will it turn out that adding half-words to the end is really the best way?)
fridge duck, Jul 06 2006

       And we shall name it <fanfare music> Esperanto! <fanfare music>   

       Thank you, thank you. I made that name up myself.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jul 07 2006

       ...some verbs do make me tense....
xandram, Jul 07 2006

       I've written Martian-English dictionary... based mostly on the languages described by Edgar Rice Burroughs, C.S. Lewis, and Helene Smith.
ye_river_xiv, Jul 07 2006

       Congratulations! It seems to be working very well. You just seem to have overlooked the indefinite article, though.
DrCurry, Jul 08 2006

       What happened to 'Make your own dictionary!1'?
MikeOliver, Jul 09 2006

       That's an urban legend: the Eskimos have no more words for snow than we do.
DrCurry, Jul 10 2006

       I don't believe that.
po, Jul 10 2006

       I have thirty two words (mainly adjectives) for whisky.
methinksnot, Jul 10 2006

       [MikeOliver] If you weren't here that day, the aliens made off with the first dictionary.
xandram, Jul 11 2006

       Excuse me, but its hard to say the number of inuit words for snow because in inuit words are strung together to show more complicated ideas. e.g. snow is tla, falling snow is tlapat.   


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